Etihad Live Animal Shippers Responsibilities
The acceptance of live animal consignments is strictly subject to the conditions as described in the IATA's Live Animals Regulations (LAR) and to other special restrictions or requirements by ETIHAD Airways Crystal Cargo.
The importation of all live animals should be by air cargo and not under checked baggage, and requires special permission from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for importation into the U.A.E. To this end, shippers of live animals not being in possession of said authority from the relevant Ministry, the shipper will be liable for the repatriation and costs of such animals to the originating station. For further Ministry information refer www.uae.gov.ae/Government/agriculture.htm
Attention of shippers is drawn to the airlines general conditions of carriage referred to on the reverse of the Air Waybill for consignments offered for carriage. These are available on the website and you must confirm that you have read and accept them prior to us confirming your booking. The carrier does not assume any obligation to carry the goods by any particular aircraft or other conveyance. The carrier is authorised to select and to deviate from or change, the route of the shipment, notwithstanding the same as stated on the Air Waybill without any liability therefore.
Before preparing a Pet consignment for carriage by air, shippers must always obtain full information well in advance concerning export/import, in transit permit, veterinary health certificate, for CITES species - CITES export permit and a copy of the CITES import permit where required, veterinary examination, quarantine, transhipment requirements or prohibition restrictions, which may also include the food provided for the animal. Such regulations are subject to frequent change and depend upon the species being shipped. Therefore, the shipper must obtain current requirements from the local Consulate or national authority concerned.
Only animals, which appear to be in good health and condition and fit to travel to the final destination, should be tendered for carriage by air. The shipper is required to declare when animals are pregnant, or have given birth in the last 48 hours. Mammals which are declared to be pregnant will not be tendered for transport unless accompanied by a veterinary certificate certifying that the animal is fit to travel and there is no risk of birth occurring during the journey.
Carrier will not be liable for any loss, damage or expense arising from death due to natural causes or death or injury of any animal caused be the conduct or acts of the animal itself or of other animals such as biting, kicking, goring or smothering, nor for that caused or contributed to by the condition, nature of propensities of the animal, or by defective packaging of the animal, or by the inability of the animal to withstand unavoidable changes in its physical environment inherent to the carriage by air.
The height at which aircraft operate varies considerably, depending upon the nature of the flight and type of aircraft used. It is usual for aircraft cabins and cargo holds to be pressurised at an altitude equivalent to 2,440 metres (8,000 feet) regardless of the actual flight level. This may have an effect on the animal’s behaviour and physiology.
The shipper or its authorised agent is responsible for and must:
Confirm the route and any special care required at time of reservation and prior to acceptance;
Obtain all documents and correct information for the Shippers Certification;
Comply with national, carrier and IATA regulations as applicable;
Provide containers that conform to the IATA Live Animals Regulations latest edition;
Provide suitable bedding and food for the species that does not contravene any regulations;
Affix special feeding and watering instructions, the date and time that food and water was last given to the animal, prior to acceptance;
Declare the condition of animals when pregnant or has given birth in the last 48 hours;
Record of any medication given, i.e. drug, dosage, time given and route. This information must accompany the documents and a copy be affixed to the container.
It is the responsibility of the shipper to ascertain what national legislation regarding the protection of animals during transport by air is in force to, through and from the countries to which the animals are being shipped. The shipper must provide a 24-hour phone number from where the carrier can obtain instructions from the shipper or his agent, in the event of an emergency and this number is written on the Air Waybill.
ETIHAD Airways will not accept any live animals intended for use in scientific research.
ETIHAD Airways Crystal Cargo will not accept any live animal’s ącovered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as detailed in Appendix I (Refer 6.2 IATA Live Animals Regulations).
ETIHAD Airways will not accept for carriage all aggressive dog breeds:
All Bulldog breeds; American Pit Bull; Fila Brazileiro; Japanese Tosas; Pit Bull Terriers; Toga Argentinos; Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario or cross breeds with extract of these breeds
ETIHAD Airways will not accept:
Animals that are pregnant over half of their gestation period (over 4 weeks).
Weaned puppies and kittens younger than 8 weeks.
Weaned puppies and kittens 2 to 6 months old but weighing less than 3 kg,
Snubbed-nosed breeds (dogs and cats)
ETIHAD Airways Crystal Cargo will not accept the following live animal’s shipments for carriage. ETIHAD Airways considers the following breeds snub nosed (Brachycephalic) (short-nosed) due to them suffering from respiratory problems that increase stress. This EMBARGO does not apply to cross breeds:
Snub nosed dog breeds: American Staffordshire terrier, Dutch Pug, Lhasa Apso, Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, Pekingese, Boxer, English Toy Spaniel, Shar-peis, Brussels Griffin, French Bulldog, Shih Tzu, Bulldog, Japanese Chin, Bull Terrier, Japanese Pug, Chow Chow, Japanese Spaniel (Japanese Chin)
Snub nosed cat breeds:
Burmese, Himalayan, Persian.
Reservations for live animals must be made a minimum of 4 days in advance of flight departure. Confirmation must have been received from the consignee prior to the booking being confirmed. No un-booked live animal shipments will be accepted.
The animals and containers must be delivered to the nominated handling company at the airport of departure, no later 4-hours before the published departure time of the flight. Handling company details will be sent on confirmation of booking.
Regulations on the Importation of Live animals into the U.A.E
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries require that the importation of any kind of animals, either as cargo or as checked baggage requires special permission from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for carriage/importation into the U.A.E. Shippers must confirm (in writing) that the necessary permissions have been granted prior to booking.
The import permit validity will be only for one month, it is not allowed to import the animal with an expired import permit.
The following documents must be submitted on arrival of the animal;
Original Ministry Health Certificate
Original Vaccination card in which it is mentioned that the pet has microchip or tattoo number and vaccinated for the following:
Dogs Rabies, Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), Canine Parvo Virus. Infectious Canine Hepititis and Leptospirosis
Cats Rabies, Feline Pan Leukcopenia (FPV), Feline Rhinotrachitics (FHV-1), Feline Calicivirus
Original Certificate for Rabies Serum Neutralization test from accredited laboratory is required if the pet is being imported from Group (1) countries and the serum Antibody Titers must not be less than 0.5 IU. If the importation is from **Group (2) countries then this certificate is not required.
The importer will pay the fees (per one head) at the entry point on arrival of the pet. The Ministry will only accept payment through Electronic-Dirham Card (E-Dhs Card).
It is not allowed to import dogs or cats under 4 months of age into U.A.E Dogs or cats less than 4 months of age will be kept in the Quarantine Station until it becomes 4 months of age. All costs of housing, care,feeding, medical services and other costs are paid by the importer.
Dogs and cats must be vaccinated for RABIES within the last year. Strictly not under 3 months of age (if the pet has never been vaccinated, then the vaccination should be at least 30 days prior to entry into U.A.E) Violations of this Rule will lead to keeping the dog or cat in Quarantine Station for at least 15 days to be Vaccinated for RABBIES. All costs of housing, care, feeding, medical services and other costs are paid by the importer.
The pet must have a microchip or tattoo for identification mentioned in the Vaccination card.
The following breeds or types of dogs are prohibited to be imported into U.A.E:
• Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa (Tosa Inu; Tosa Fighting Dog), Argentinean Fighting Dog (Dogo Argentino; Argentinean Mastiff), Brazilian Fighting Dog (Fila Brasileino; Brazilian Mastiff), Cross Breeds with extract of the above listed breeds, Saluki and Greyhound, Wolf Dog Hybrid (Any dog mixed with wolf).
Group 1 Countries: All African countries, All South American countries, Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Macedonia, Rumania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan,
Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.
**Group 2 Countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A, United Kingdom, Vatican City.
If travelling outside of Europe, requirements vary from country to country, but in most cases you will require a health certificate or import permit, you should contact the Embassy of the country of destination. For further assistance contact your Vet or DEFRA at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/animaltrade/noneu/pdf/certlist.pdf"
1.Containers must be leak-proof and escape-proof, they must be well constructed, and they must be able to withstand normal transit conditions.
2.Containers used for the carriage of live animals must comply with the current edition of the IATA Live Animals Regulations.
be constructed of wood, metal, plastic or similar material; be leak-proof, escape proof and the doors must fasten securely;
Container door must be constructed of welded or cast metal. Plastic or top-opening doors are not permitted;
be large enough for the animal to stand, sit and lie down comfortably in a natural manner;
have separate food and watering dishes securely attached inside the kennel so that if necessary the animal may be fed and watered without opening the container;
be clean, with no offensive odours and contain absorbent material or litter, the use of straw or wood shavings is not permitted;
be adequately ventilated. The total ventilation areas must be a minimum of 16 % of the total surface area, including the doors and three remaining sides;
have all openings nose and paw proof and that no surface or edge which can be gnawed or scratched;
not be collapsible or foldable;
be marked durably on the outside of the container with the full name, address and contact 24– hour telephone number;
be marked with the scientific and common name of the animal(s) and quantity of each animal contained within the container as shown on the shipper’s certification.;
have written indication with food and watering instructions, the last time the animal was offered food and water along with a supply of packaged food attached to the outside of the container or attached written instructions from an accredited veterinarian to not feed the or water the animal.
The animal must have been offered food and water at least 4 hours before the animal(s) are accepted for carriage.
be labelled with at least one IATA “Live Animals” label (or imprinted) properly completed, to each animal container on all four sides (whenever possible).
be labelled with “This Way Up” labels on all four sides of the container (whenever possible). Labels may be imprinted on the container.
Marking & Labelling
The shipper will ensure that IATA labels are applied on each live animal container. Each container must be of a size that there is adequate space to affix all required marking and labels. You should affix special feeding and watering instructions and contact and address details to the container. A green “Live Animals” label is mandatory on all live animals’ consignments.“This Way Up” labels are also mandatory and must be placed on all three sides of the container whenever possible. The label can be imprinted on the container.